The Shovels & Rope Weekend

Monday, February 16, 2015

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This past weekend is one we've been planning over the past couple months or so. Mom and Dad were able to buy these concert tickets, and since we had an extra, I invited one of my good friends over (who I actually used to work with during my year at my college radio station!) to go to a concert on February 14th at the Ryman Auditorium performed by the rockabilly band Shovels & Rope.

Our adventure began with a great dinner at Noshville, then progressed over to Barista Parlor Golden Sound for coffee and dessert. I've raved about Barista Parlor before on this blog, and my thoughts on the new location are no different. The atmosphere is so much fun, and the coffee is fabulous (I ordered a blend with Apricot notes). I also finally got to try one of their homemade pop tarts!

Then, came my very first visit to the Ryman Auditorium in a Nashville. Known as the "mother church" of Country music, this converted church has to be the coolest concert venue I've ever been to. The entire building is gorgeous, from the layout to the vintage elements to the epic historic aspects that make this place a "must-do" if you ever want to visit Nashville. I just couldn't believe that I'd never been there before that night.

Shovels & Rope were absolutely incredible. The floor was literally rumbling during certain songs they played. Their stage presence is something you could feel, even rows back from the stage. The concert was an absolute blast, and I would definitely go see them again. I definitely recommend their music; I'd say their sound is a mix between The Civil Wars and the Avett Brothers, with a good dose of rock to keep things interesting.

I had originally heard about this band from my mom, who'd been a fan of them for months now. We have similar tastes in music, so it wasn't hard for me to jump on the bandwagon, too. To go even farther back, we actually know one of the directors of "The Ballad of Shovels & Rope", the documentary about the band that really set their work in motion.

Going to this concert definitely made want to come back to the Ryman. The atmosphere was amazing, and I can't wait until my next visit! :)

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